by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
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Pub Date 09 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 24 Nov 2021
Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books, Frances Lincoln Children's Books
Little Albert grew up in Germany, where it took him four years to formulate his first word. He was fascinated by how objects worked and, although he didn’t love school, he loved physics and math books. His brilliant mind contemplated space and time, and he eventually came up with the theory of relativity.
He shared his knowledge with the rest of the world, becoming the most original mind of the twentieth century. This fascinating book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the theoretical physicist’s life.
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The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. The ‘My First Little People, Big Dreams’ series provides informative and inspirational biographies about people who left a mark on this earth, no matter what difficulties they have encountered. These stories are very short, but that’s because they’re books for children, so it’s totally understandable. I think they are a very smart and wonderful way to introduce little children to such important figures. This little book tells the story of the legendary scientist Albert Einstein. He not only revolutionized physics, but he was a man rooting for peace and equality among men.
Albert Einstein is the newest lead in this latest edition of the Little People, BIG DREAMS series by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. This series is such a delight and the perfect way to educate not just kids but everyone about historic and cultural icons. Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist, widely acknowledged to be one of the greatest physicists of all time. The book follows Einstein as he published his first scientific paper when he was only 10 years old to creating his Theory of Relativity. Jean Claude illustrates this installment and does a fantastic job. Claude's art style was so captivating and his art definitely further helped tell Einstein's story. I love collecting these books and am so thrilled to add this one to the rest of my collection. I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review
There are several things to be said about the timing of Albert Einstein's appearance in this series – one, how the heck could he be so late in the day, and especially come after the likes of Elton bloody John and Ru bloody Paul? The other things are in the series' defence, with the first twenty books dedicated just to the heroines suitable to primary school children, and the fact that there are copious early readers probably already out there about how Einstein looked a bit wacky, lacked certain academic abilities and yet changed the world. Oddly this telling hardly mentions his school life, for we're forever told he didn't fit in and didn't thank anyone for a rigid curriculum – but still outsmarted all those who might have taught him anything, and most people who wrote the books he turned to for his physics and maths education. Otherwise it's a standard zip through the man's timeline, with an added 'woke' emphasis at the end about how he campaigned on anti-racism grounds, and proved an example to all. As usual the artwork needs a lesson in real perspective (and I have no idea why he's dumped in a rowing boat for one image here – it must be a part of his life I don't know about), but this is a good entry to the series. Whatever it says about its priorities.
This is an excellent addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. The story of Einstein is told with a sense of humanity and with admiration for this renowned scientist and man. Readers learn that young Einstein took time to develop; he did not speak until well past the expected time. His mind worked in its own way but led him to revolutionary scientific discoveries. This book also highlights Einstein’s humanitarian efforts. He was able to emigrate from Germany when the Nazis came to power but did not stop there. He encouraged American universities to hire other Jewish scientists so that they would not die. Einstein also cared about other forms of discrimination in his new country. The illustrations in this title perfectly accent the story. There are also additional resources at the end of the book. Many thanks to NetGalley for this title. All opinions are my own.
Another great book in this series! An inspirational brief biography about renowned scientist, Albert Einstein. I loved learning his childhood and his innate curiosity that propelled his success. I love that we learn about his social activism as well. This would make a wonderful gift or bedtime story. Thank you NetGalley and the publisher for providing this ARC.
I received an advance copy of, Albert Einstein, by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara. Albert Einstein was a very generous and kind man, besides being a genius. This is a great inspirational story for kids.
This is a fantastic introduction to Albert Einstein! I appreciated that his struggles in school and possible neurodivergence were addressed. That might be very reassuring and inspiring to students experiencing some of the same challenges. His contributions to science were explained very accessibly. The author did not shy away from the dangers presented by the Nazis or Einstein's disapproval of nuclear weapons, but these concepts were presented in a simple, straightforward way that kids should be able to process. The illustrations were lively and fun. I liked the allusions to the famous photo of Einstein with his tongue out. This would be a great addition to elementary school and classroom libraries! Many thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review!
This is a spectacular edition and needs to be part of your collection. Children NEED to read this book! It focuses on a little boy who wasn’t the same as other little boys – he didn’t say his first word until he was 4 years old! He was disorganized, messy, didn’t have any friends and didn’t enjoy school at first. The beautiful narrative highlights that despite his habits and late development, he grew up to become one of the most original minds of the 20th century! It’s OK to be different. Albert’s dad piqued his curiosity when he gifted Albert a pocket watch on his 5th birthday. Unbeknown to him, this was the ‘key’ to ‘unlocking’ his son’s mind. Suddenly, Albert was curious about how the needle worked. This gift was instrumental to Albert devoting his life to explaining the relationship between space and time and laid the foundation for the technology and inventions of the 21st century. This unique little boy who finally found out what he loved most in life, physics and math, may have been a child of a few words, but he had many ideas in his mind. He became a legendary scientist who invented the most famous formula in the world! Children NEED to read about this genius who proved that curiosity and imagination are more important than knowledge! Congratulations to the illustrator, Jean Claude, for one of the finest illustrated books in this collection! Publishes Nov. 9, 2021. I was gifted this advance copy by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Quarto Publishing Group, and NetGalley and was under no obligation to provide a review.
Albert Einstein is one the most important people of human history. His contribution in the field of physics is undisputed. To explain his life and achievement and introducing him as a human being to young kids is very important. This book achieves the goal perfectly.
I absolutely love how this series makes non-fiction text manageable for kids. I don't even think they would realize they are learning! Each page usually has 4 lines, but there is a lot of information packed in there and the illustrations are also beautiful. The end of the book has a full page or two with more information about the person. I recommend these books to my students and have them on my classroom wishlist.
I read this book solely to identify where it would fit in our collection, but I really liked it because it goes beyond what we learned about Einstein in school. Also, there's tons of pictures of him sticking out his tongue in it.
I adore the Little People, Big Dreams book and the latest on Albert Einstein was no exception. The book is filled with facts and fun and is sure to get little readers interested in the science and history surrounding this brilliant man. The illustrations are absolutely stunning as well. Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the advance copy.
I received an electronic ARC from Quarto Publishing Group – Frances Lincoln Children's Books through NetGalley. Wonderful first look at Einstein's life for younger readers. Sanchez Vegara takes readers from his childhood through his major successes as a scientist and his activism as a human being. The illustrations capture the chaos he worked in and the incredible problems he solved. The timeline at the end offers further information for readers to explore. The latest in the Little People Big Dreams series.
I have been a huge fan of this series from the beginning and am always ready and excited to read the next book. I have been waiting for Albert Einstein and of course it was as wonderful as I knew it would be. It is readable and handles the difficult questions of Nazi Germany with sensitivity. This is building into an excellent collection that any school or library should have. Not only do the books introduce the person in an accessible way they provide photographs and timelines which are wonderful and really encourage the readers to find out more for themselves. As a history/citizenship teacher I cannot recommend these books highly enough.
I do love the Little People, Big Dreams series and this one on Albert Einstein is no exception. They're a very accessible way for little kids to learn about significant people and their achievements and pique interest in a variety of areas that they may not be typically exposed to, in this case STEAM areas. My 6 year old loved learning about Einstein and loved the drawings of his 'crazy hair' and theories stuck up on his childhood home as well as his advocacy. Another excellent addition to the series.
I have always been a huge fan of Albert Einstein and when I saw this book on my NetGalley, I had to take a look even though I'm not the target audience. The illustrations were lovely and Einstein's story was told briefly but well, serving as inspiration for children to have curiosity and help others. I hope these books are still being published when I have children so they can learn about lots of inspiring people too.
Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara does a wonderful job as an author. Here I am reading Albert Einstein to my child when I end up learning something about the man in the process. A double win! The story is easy for children to follow with a great opportunity to make the moment a teaching moment. One observation is that this book is a great introduction to Albert Einstein. The author also lists a few other books to follow up and learn more about the subject which is very helpful and you can keep the interest forming in the minds of our young children.
I love this series. This was also a very fun one to read, it helps to capture the silliness of Einstein
I really love this series! I've lost count of how many I've read at this point, but they are so good at highlighting people's lives and making biographies fun and accessible for children. That's the case for this one about Albert Einstein. Even as an adult, I learn facts in these books that I didn't know and have even been introduced to pioneers of history that I didn't know of. These books are great work and deserve to be in classrooms everywhere! Thank you to netgalley for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
We love these books in our house. They are a great way to introduce your little ones to important and/or famous people without being too big or in depth (I.e. anything scandalous) Albert Einstein is a very popular person in our house. Not just because he’s a genius. Our son didn’t talk when he was little. We were concerned until his pediatrician told us the fact that Einstein didn’t speak until he was 4 and look how that turned out. So any chance we have to learn about Einstein we jump at. This book had information I hadn’t read before so that was very cool.
I am a big fan of this series. I find all these books so important! Learning history for kids can be, let's face it...boring but these stories really do feel like well, a story, but all the while you are learning without realising it. Albert Einstein is no exception. The story is well paced, taking you from his younger years, through special and important events of his life that lead to his success and the changes he made to the world whilst keeping this easy to follow and understand for young children. I enjoyed that this book also focuses on equality and Einsteins views and actions as well as an element of political decisions made as the result of some of his work. I felt this lends to a good lessons about using information carefully and for the correct reasons as well as a focus on the importance of promoting equality. The illustrations as always in this series are beautiful, this edition focuses on earthy tones with a historical feel and is utterly stunning. The book ends with a timeline and additional reading, fantastic for more advanced readers that wish to explore Einstein further. A staple book for any Childs shelf.
I, a grown adult, actually learned things about Einstein from this book! Definitely one of the stronger recent entries into this series.
I wish there was a picture of the cover of this book because it is fantastic. It shows Albert Einstein holding his world famous equation, E=mc2. The illustrations are always great and add to the book. I learned many new things about Albert Einstein. He was born in Germany, was Jewish, and this later places great hardship of him even though he is world famous. He is forced to leave Germany and bring his family to the United States because the Nazis are in power and still want to destroy him. When he just a young boy, he did not speak. He only started speaking when he was 4 years old. Luckily, he had his sister as a friend and his parents treated him normally, otherwise he could have been thought of as less intelligent and possibly never developed his genius. Albert does not enjoy school, which does show certain children thrive in different environments. He liked to focus on physics and math. He even tried to solve his own equations. That is an incredible achievement for a young child and I think it’s great that children know it’s cool to like math and science. Albert Einstein is famous for his E=mc2 equation which means that anything you see and touch can be turned into energy. This was a brand new theory and won him world acclaim. He also won the Nobel Prize for his work on photons. He came up with The Theory of Relativity. Clearly, Albert was a genius and wanted always to use science for the good of humanity. I learned he was concerned his theories could be used to build a nuclear bomb. He told President Truman his worries and was very upset when he uses that knowledge to have the US use a Nuclear Bomb. That must have been very difficult for Albert to bear, as he was for peace. He also was disturbed about the rascism he saw in the United States. He worked on Civil Rights to make the world better for all Americans. So, this is a wonderful book for children. It would be very appealing for children interested in Math and Science. It shows how much one person can do when curious and seeking answers. It was also wonderful to learn all these new facts about Albert Einstein that I was not aware of. He was a genius in every sense of the word. Thank you NetGalley, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, and Frances Lincoln Children’s Books for a copy of this book.
This was a cute and informative read about Albert Einstein. I enjoyed learning more about him, and his later years after emigrating to America. I loved the book’s message about the power of knowledge, and how it showed that Einstein’s main driving force was doing good to others.
As expected, this is another fantastic book from the Little People, Big Dreams series! Although these are meant as children's books, I always feel that I learn more than I expect from them and this was no different. I love that it talks not only about Einstein's scientific achievements, but also about his difficulties during the war, due to his religion and his beliefs around racism. The images in the book are colourful and eye-catching, perfect for engaging children and the story is written in a way that is both child- friendly yet still extremely informative. I will definitely be purchasing some of these books!